John Yasuda joins CSCC to be the 2013-2014 postdoctoral fellow. John Yasuda received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. His broader research interests include regulatory reform in developing countries, governance in multilevel settings, and informal institutions in governance. His dissertation, The Scale Problem: Food Safety Coherence Deficits in China, explores how China’s scale complicates the implementation of a national food safety regime. Specifically, he shows how actors in a fragmented, multilevel governance system have failed to develop a comprehensive food safety plan, and instead have resorted to small-scale, gradualist policies that have only exacerbated China’s food safety problems. John’s fieldwork spanned over 18 months in 9 counties across China and was supported by a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and the NSEP Boren Fellowship. At Berkeley, John received both departmental and university-wide commendations for excellence in teaching. John received an M.Phil in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford in 2007 and an A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 2005. Welcome, John!